27’52”

By In Dance

Souls made apparent brings some of the most technically challenging and theatrically demanding creators together in one programme: besides a world premiere Big Crying by associate choreographer , the young dancers of NDT will present 27’52’’ by maestro .

This piece takes the viewer along for a game of seeking and being sought, of holding and being held, pulling and pushing, a game in which the dancer must ultimately exit the stage solo. The title itself represents the length of the piece, 27 minutes and 52 seconds, and refers to the birth date of former dancer and NDT-icon Gerald Tibbs (27-05-1952) to whom the work is dedicated.

Jiří Kylián’s 27’52” takes the viewer along for a game of seeking and being sought, of holding and being held, pulling and pushing, a game in which the dancer must ultimately exit the stage solo. Kylián is often very focused on the use of time and space in dance, and this piece pays particular attention to this concept. The title itself represents the length of the piece- 27 minutes and 52 seconds. 27’52” was developed through a unique collaboration between choreographer and composer, as German composer Dirk Haubrich created the music specifically for this piece. The music, like Kylián’s choreography, encompasses diverse styles, inspired by a wide array of legendary composers such as the 19th century Austrian, Gustav Mahler, and is presented alongside a recording of text spoken in a variety of languages.


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